1 (12oz) package semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup natural peanut butter or Smart Balance Creamy Rich Roast peanut butter
3 cups crisp rice cereal such as Barbara's Bakery Brown Rice Crisps
1½ cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts or other nuts
Melt chocolate chips in a large microwave-safe dish (about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds) or in a double boiler. Add peanut butter and stir until well blended. Add cereal and nuts; mix well. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Lightly coat foil with a no-stick spray. Press chocolate mixture into the foil-lined pan. Let stand for 1 hour or until firm. Before cutting, chill in the refrigerator for up to 30 minutes. Cut into squares with a sharp knife or a pizza cutter. Makes 32 squares (serving size 1 square).
Nutrition facts per 1 square:127 calories, 9gm fat, 2.7gm saturated fat, 3gm protein, 11gm carbohydrate, 27mg sodium, 1.5gm fiber
This recipe gives you a healthier way to make your own homemade candy bars. Peanuts and natural peanut butter provide heart healthy monounsaturated fat and fiber. For variety, try a different nut butter such as almond butter or soy nut butter. Add different nuts and maybe dried fruit such as dried blueberries or cranberries.